Fri 12 - Sun 14 Jul
FOOD & DRINK: Hotel du Vin Winchester Wine Dinners, throughout July
Hotel du Vin in Winchester is holding a range of special Wine Dinners throughout July with canapés, four courses paired with fine wine, coffee and petit fours for £70 per person. Having visited the Bistro as a wine novice, the in-house sommelier definitely knows his stuff and this will be a fantastic exploration of the impressive wine cellar they have at the hotel.
THEATRE: Summer Social, The Point, 22 Jun- 4 Aug
The Point over in Eastleigh has a jam-packed calendar with its Summer Social programme encompassing 6 weeks of theatre, wellbeing and outdoor events and activities (Sat 22 Jun – Sun 4 Aug). This weekend sees the Eastleigh Mela takeover which is guaranteed to be rammed with colour and fun.
FOOD & DRINK: Hampshire Food Festival, Various Locations, Mon 1 – Thurs 31 Jul
Now in its 19th year, this month-long Hampshire Food Festival is rammed with tonnes of foodie fun across the county. Some real highlights this week are a Raw Food Pop Up on Thurs 11th at Wallopswood Cottages and the Peat Spade Garden Party on Fri 12th.
CULTURE: Winchester Festival, Fri 5 – Sat 13 Jul
If you’re looking for something a little higher brow in the sunshine then the Winchester Festival might tick those boxes. This festival (running from 5-13 Jul) is a mixture of talks, workshops and classical music with a distinctly Winchester-y theme. We love the sound of a special tour conducted by none other than John Keats and Jane Austen themselves (Ok, so maybe not actually themselves). Tickets range in price.
EXHIBITION: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: A Different View, Winchester, Fri 5 Jul – Sun 29 Sep
Don’t fancy making the trek all the way to the Vatican to see the Sistine Chapel then head to Winchester from the 5th July to see the fantastic new exhibition Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: A Different View. Spread across three venues in the city, this is the first stop on a tour of the UK and allows visitors to get up really close to the detail in Michelangelo’s masterpiece. It’s so big that you’ll have to trek from City Space to Winchester Discovery Centre and then onto the Great Hall. Entrance is £5 for adults and well worth the ticket price.
EVENT: Southsea Castle Champagne Bar, Southsea Castle, Fri 12 Jul
The sun is shining and the waves are lapping, treat yourself to a glass of Champers at this fabulous location. This pop-up event happens every Friday until September and is a fantastic way to enjoy the beautiful Southsea Castle with a glass (or six) of fizz.
FOOD & DRINK: Cocktail Night, The Grosvenor, Stockbridge, Fri 12 Jul
Cocktail? Don’t mind if I do… This Friday sees the very first every Cocktail Night at The Grosvenor in Stockbridge. Try lots of different potions and concoctions devised by expert mixologist Salvatore Damiano.
FESTIVAL: Rhythm Tree Festival, Calbourne, Fri 12 – Sun 14 Jul
Also in the family-friendly sphere is the Island’s Rhythm Tree Festival in Calbourne on the Island. This three-day festival (12-14 Jul) has some great local acts but also headliners such as The Orb (90s fans rejoice!) and Alabama 3 (yep, those guys who did The Sopranos theme tune). Definitely check out the Healing Area for a spot of Laughter Yoga as well. Tickets cost £100 for adult weekend camping or £35 for a day ticket.
FOOD & DRINK: Summer Veuve Cliquot Vibes, Chewton Glen, Fri 12 Jul
More Champagne now and in the super-luxe surroundings of Chewton. The Summer Veuve Cliquot Vibes events are the perfect way to shrug off the working week and enjoy an excellent drink in beautiful surroundings of Chewton’s Walled Garden. Don’t fret if you can’t make it this week though as there are other events on the 26 Jul, 9 & 23 Aug.
OUTDOORS: Movie At The Manor: Bohemian Rhapsody, New Place Hotel, Fri 12 Jul
Movie at the Manor kicks off with a screening of the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody. This biopic of Freddie Mercury is poignant and heart-warming and full of the fantastic Queen tunes that are so ingrained in British culture. And the grounds here are breathtaking to boot.
CULTURE: Open Studios Isle of Wight, Various locations, Fri 12 – Mon 22 Jul
The Island is packed full of creativity and it’s no surprise that many artists pack up and settle here for its picturesque location and plenty of inspo opportunities. This event, devised by Isle of Wight Arts, gives people a chance to take a look inside the artists’ studios at the huge range of mediums and methodology of Island art. It’s also completely free of charge to check out as well (guarantee you’ll come back with at least 4 paintings though!)
EVENT: Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Bedales, Fri 12 – Tues 30 Jul
The Bard is getting all al fresco again with this celebration of his best works at the prestigious Bedales School. With a roster of performances including Abyss, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, plus other interactive events with the Artistic Directory, this is one for all you culture fans.
THEATRE: Don Pasquale, Theatre Royal Winchester, Sat 13 Jul
Don Pasquale gets a thoroughly modern makeover in a production at The Theatre Royal Winchester on Sat 13 Jul. Presented by the Welsh National Opera, the story is told from Pasquale’s doner kebab van and brings in a truly comic contemporary element to this Donizetti classic.
EVENT: Lavender Field Open Day, Alton, Sat 13 – Sun 14 Jul
Get your cameras out because the lavender is in full bloom in Alton this weekend. Make like an Instagram influencer and snap pictures of yourself frolicking around a sea of purple and pick up lavender based goodies in the on-site shop.
OUTDOORS: HMS Pickle, Buckle’s Hard, Sat 13 – Sat 14 Jul
With possibly the least threatening name that could be given to a warship, a replica of the HMS Pickle sails into Buckler’s Hard for this special Trafalgar Weekend. This little Pickle (ho ho ho) was the first ship to return from the Battle of Trafalgar, bringing news of Nelson’s victory with it. This weekend you can see the replica for yourself, check out mini battles from model boats and a chance to have a snoop around Buckler’s Hard.
FAMILY: The Tiger Who Came To Tea, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, Sat 13 – Sun 14 Jul
Anybody who is a fan of the late Judith Kerr (honestly, I still can’t get over Goodbye Mog.. *sob*) will know her classic tale The Tiger Who Came To Tea. This West End smash production is the tale of possibly the worst ever house guest and will thrill the littlies to bits.
EXHIBITION: Gizmobots, The Gosport Gallery, Fri 13 Jul – Sat 14 Sept
For something a little more modern and eclectic there’s a new exhibition at the Gosport Gallery called Gizmobots. These ‘robots’ are built of all sorts of bits and pieces made from ‘found objects’ (that’ll be from a skip and car boot), and instead of resembling junk, Mark Haig’s creations have become the most endearing and quirky little characters.
OUTDOORS: Great Waterside Raft Race, Hythe, Sun 14 Jul
With six races and the chance to raise important funds for the RNLI, the Great Waterside Raft Race is definitely well worth checking out. See the teams compete, plus a whole host of bonkers costumes which will make you question how they can paddle like demons, in this great outdoor event this weekend.
HERITAGE: Summer Fayre, Chawton House, Sun 14 Jul
I bet Jane Austen was fond of lounging in the sunshine and Chawton House brings the era back to life this weekend with the annual Summer Fayre. As well as the chance for a gratuitous cream tea, there are talks on Writing Women’s Rights, calligraphy classes and some Regency Dancing to pinch some fresh new moves from.
FAMILY: Summer Mud and Guts Kids’ Adventures, Heckfield Place, Sun 14 Jul
For some bizarre reason, kids just loveeeee getting muddy (probably because they don’t need to do the washing) and this weekend sees The Assembly at Heckfield Place in conjunction with Mud & Guts is throwing the ultimate grubby adventure event for them. With den building, tree climbing and a chance to connect with nature, there’s plenty to get the kids smiling. Best stock up on the washing powder.
FAMILY: Norman Knights Tournament, Arundel Castle, Sat 13 – Sun 14 July
FAMILY FUN: The Big Camp, Cliveden National Trust Taplow, Fri 12 – Sun 14 Jul
A night under the stars with your family is certainly what the Summer calls for, but definitely, do it in style with this special event at Cliveden National Trust Taplow. Worst case, send the kids and the other half and check-in for some “relaxation” time at Cliveden House itself. Win-win. Also running: Fri 19 – Sun 21 Jul and Fri 26 – Sun 28 Jul.